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Preview: Harley Quinn #55

Harley Quinn #55

(W) Sam Humphries (A) John Timms (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s a Harley ho-ho-holiday special! Nothing’s worse than spending the holidays with your uninvited, unannounced family-just ask Harley. Her brothers won’t stop fighting, her dad wants peace and quiet, and her mom just wants everyone to get along. But the dysfunctional family dynamic masks a major secret that the whole Quinn family is keeping from Harley. Will the big reveal mean an even bigger family blowout, or can Harley’s clan end their squabbling and remember the true meaning of the season?

Preview: Harley Quinn #54

Harley Quinn #54

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Harley and failed Female Fury Petite Tina go road-tripping! With their lives a roaring dumpster fire, Harley and Tina decide to get out of town for a mini-vacay, and wind up driving each other crazy instead. An unplanned detour leads them to run afoul of a new baddie called Minor Disaster, whose so-called “Disaster Dial” only causes small calamities such as texting your ex and pooping your pants. Harley and Tina must now put their differences aside to stop Minor Disaster before she spells disaster for them both!

Review: Harley Quinn #53

In Part One of the “Minor Disasters” story arc of Harley Quinn, writer Sam Humphries takes us on a fun romp through the world of Harley as she works on maintaining her internet stardom. I wish that my previous sentence was leading somewhere awesome and that wasn’t the whole story but, unfortunately that’s it.

Harley is no longer a social justice warrior, saving the missing homeless, protecting her neighborhood, or any of the good that she’s been doing. Instead, she’s fallen in line with the rest of the basics and is solely concerned with maintaining her internet stardom.

The issue starts off with her saving Coney Island from an Orc while trying to rack up major views on her channel and ends with her being embarrassed by a video where she trashes her fans is accidentally uploaded, possibly ending her internet reign and killing her fan base.

The things that happen in between the pages of these two events is nothing short of mind boggling. The major villain in this arc is Minor Disaster, the isolated and approval seeking daughter of Major Disaster. After a series of unanswered texts and calls to her father she sets out to make her absentee dad notice her she sets her sites on the latest internet sensation, Harley Quinn. Her logic is that her dad thinks Harley is a joke so, the best way to get his (male) attention is for her to take down (another woman) Harley. So, she stalks her and waits for her chance to catch Harley at a weak point , where she is lamenting about the toll pleasing her fans and “management” team are taking on her and use that to destroy her. The big bad in this issue is a female villain who isn’t very good at being a villain and is seeking validation through a mans a approval. Harley’s big mission on this story arc is shaping up to be centered on Harley, restoring her good name with Tina’s help because, despite what the previous issues have told us, Harley’s biggest concern is what others think of her.

For Harley’s part, she finds herself at the mercy of her team who want her to get her already high numbers up, please her fan base and never ever get “real” or emotionally because that’s not what sells. It kind of hurts to see Harley in such a powerless position, especially since the Harley we had gotten used to was all about girl power and being a bad ass and not caring what other people thought. Humphries seems to think the best direction for Harley to go is down to a base level, where pleasing others and giving up herself as tribute to the will others is her biggest concern and only course of action. It’s such a step backwards that, I can only assume that this episode will turn out to be some elaborate dream sequence that we will all laugh at when the arc is over. The issue seems to take pleasure in showing all of the surface boiler plate women in comics tropes and none of the breaking out of the box assigned to us empowerment stories that we had become so accustomed to and rooted for. We got a total of four pages of Harley having agency in a 32 page issue and both times, she was put back into her place by either her handlers or her fear of “exposure” to her fans. The disturbing part was that in her realist and most honest points in the issue, she was told by others that her emotions and feeling were essentially wrong, inconvenient and that they need to be locked away because no one wanted to see them. It was the comic book equivalent of a man telling a woman walking down the street to “smile”.

If I had to look for a positive in this off-putting issue, it would be Lucas Werneck provides the pop centric aesthetically pleasing art work that is full of cuteness and fun while Alex Sinclair makes the art work come to life with his use of sleek, bubble gum colors. Everything from the attention to detail to the way the characters hair color pops makes #53 a pretty little comic. The panels seem to tell a story all their own and are so breathtaking that you can figure out what’s going on by just looking at them. In fact what the artists call on and evoke is what I wished was going on, a real story with Harley as hero, fighting for the little guy and saving Coney Island, or the world.

There are some undertones that call out the cult of celebrity and internet stardom into the foreground and somehow that works with this particular incarnation of the Harley story but, that says a lot about the story that Humphries is telling. With everything going on in the country , I liked knowing Harley was slaying the big machine on the pages of her comic book but, if this issue is any indication, those days are long gone. The start of this story arc isn’t big on girl power or addressing real societal problems like the previous writers focused on, it’s not as bad as it could be Harley didn’t end up back with the Joker, and the artists didn’t use whole panels to perpetuate a male gaze but, that isn’t a very high bar to set. This issue signals a return to a slightly vapid, Harley who finds herself under the control of fame and handlers ,instead of the thumb of the Joker. Basically trading one fickle toxic relationship for another and killing any growth that the past few years have brought her.

Overall this issue feels like a step backwards from the strong independent, bad ass, morally ambiguous but, always down for saving those who have nothing Harley that we had grown to love. While Harley Quinn #53 isn’t a full nail in my Harley loving coffin, it’s not exactly where I thought things were going when the baton was passed. If you take the issue as it is and for what it is, it’s a quick, fun, basic read and nowhere near the page turner , thought provoking Harley we had grown to love and root for. I’m hoping that the arc picks up and, that Humphries gives Harley something real to fight for, instead of her reputation or fame and we get a real taste at the feminist icon we know is hiding in Harley’s newly revamped shell. She’s deserves it and so do we.

Story: Sam Humphries Artist: Lucas Werneck
Story: 5.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 6.4 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Harley Quinn #53

Harley Quinn #53

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Harley and failed Female Fury Petite Tina go road-tripping! With their lives a roaring dumpster fire, Harley and Tina decide to get out of town for a mini-vacay, and wind up driving each other crazy instead. An unplanned detour leads them to run afoul of a new baddie called Minor Disaster, whose so-called “Disaster Dial” only causes small calamities such as texting your ex and pooping your pants. Harley and Tina must now put their differences aside to stop Minor Disaster before she spells disaster for them both!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Blackbird #1 2nd Printing (Image Comics) – Who doesn’t love a good new-noir with a supernatural twist and a female lead? They’re reprinting the first issue with the premiere of the 2nd, so if it’s as fun as it sounds , you can get all caught up.

Border Town #3 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – It’s a bit of Scooby-Doo and Buffy, set in a world we can relate to and featuring characters and monsters we rarely see. So far, it’s bringing Vertigo back to the excellence you expect from the imprint.

Death of the Inhumans #5 (Marvel) – How will this one end? We have no idea but this event that we initially rolled our eyes about has been amazing and exceeded expectations in every way.

Doctor Who: The 13th Doctor #1 (Titan Comics) – If it’s half as good as the latest series, then we’re all in.

The Empty Man #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Cullen Bunn’s horror series returns. Bunn is a master at horror and this one mixes the cold reality of an X-Files/FBI vibe with slasher-ish horror. It’s also being worked on as a film, so grab this and say you were cool before the film.

The Green Lantern #1 (DC Comics) – Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp take on the classic character bringing it back to its “police” roots.

Harley Quinn #53 (DC Comics) – Harley and Tiny Tina on a road trip, sounds like a fun ride for some light reading on this long weekend.

James Bond 007 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Greg Pak writing James Bond? Yeah, we’re sold on that alone.

No Angel TP (Black Mask Studio) – Collecting issues 1-4, it’s a great series and now you can get in on the ground floor.

Outer Darkness #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from John Layman and Afu Chan is a mix of sci-fi and horror that’s focused on mankind colonizing the galaxy and discovering all sorts of horrors.

Spider-Geddon #3 (Marvel) – The event has been fantastic so far with each issue delivering pure action and excitement and just delivering on the multiverse of possibilities. We’re expecting more of the same (which is good).

Suicide Squad Black Files #1 (DC Comics) – A new arc “Revenge of Konrad” is kicking off this week!

Transformers: Lost Light #25 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers line is wrapping up with an unknown future and this issue is this series’ finale. We loved the off the wall stories and we’re expecting a bit more heart and emotion than you’d expect from robots who change into things.

Wet Hot American Summer (BOOM! Studios) – The cult classic film comes to comics in this original graphic novel. We have no idea what to expect but we’re intrigued in how the humor of the film (and Netflix series) translates to the printed page.

The Wicked + The Divine Funnies #1 (Image Comics) – A cute little one shot from the W+D team for a bit of fun before our beloved series comes to an end.

The Wrong Earth #3 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY Comics has been knocking it out of the park with comics that teach us to expect more. This superhero focused series has two heroes from different Earths swap places. To see the two styles, in both attitude and art, is an impressive accomplishment that makes this comic of the year material.

X-23 #6 (Marvel) – A fun back to school undercover mission with the baddest member of the X-Men.

Review: Old Lady Harley #1

After liberating New York City from her now-feral Gang of Harleys, poor Harley wants nothing more than to slip back into retirement. But what, or really who, could interrupt that? This future tale of Old Lady Harley Quinn is brought to you by writer Frank Tieri, artists Inaki Miranda, colorist Eva de La Cruz, and letterer Dave Sharpe in a five issue miniseries.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Harley Quinn #52

Harley Quinn #52

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Sami Basri (CA) Julian Totino Todesco
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Trapped in a future he doesn’t understand, Captain Triumph can’t battle his way out of our modern world, as all his efforts lead to disaster. That causes him to butt heads and trade punches with his would-be protector, Harley Quinn. Can Harley talk her way out of this clash? And more importantly, where’s she getting a time machine so she can send Captain Triumph home?

Diamond Select Toys On Sale in October: Nightmares, Dark Nights and Carnage!

It’s a fright-filled October at your local comic shop, as a variety of spooky items make their way to stores from Diamond Select Toys! From the nightmare worlds of Dark Nights: Metal to the bloody battleground of Maximum Carnage to the horrific hamlet of Halloween Town, there’s a surplus of scary available this month!

In Stores 10/10/18

DC Comic Gallery Batman Who Laughs PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! A Batman who laughs is a Batman who wins! From the pages of Dark Nights: Metal comes the Batman Who Laughs, the leader of the Dark Knights, a team of evil Batmen from across the multiverse. This fully Jokerized Batman stands about 9 inches tall, and features a detailed sculpt with exacting painted details. The high-grade plastic statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar. Sculpted by Alterton. (Item #MAY182303, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Comic Book PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Harley Quinn is the woman of the hour, the year and the decade, and this all-new PVC diorama captures her latest comic book appearance, with her corset, trademark hammer and red-and-blue pigtails! Sitting atop a crate of dynamite, Harley measures approximately 8 inches tall, and is made of high-quality PVC plastic with collectible-quality painted details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAR182419, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Infinity War Thor PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! What are you the god of again? The God of Thunder calls down the lightning as he holds aloft This 9-inch scale sculpture of Thor features detailed sculpting and collectible-quality paint applications. The PVC plastic diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #APR182164, SRP: $45.00)

In Stores 10/17/18

Marvel Comic Minimates Series 76 Maximum Carnage 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the carnage commence! Celebrating its 15th year, the Marvel Minimates line has dedicated its 76th assortment to the epic Spider-Man crossover, Maximum Carnage! Four specialty-exclusive 2-packs make up the assortment – Spider-Man with Black Cat, Venom with Doppelganger, Carnage with Demogoblin and Cloak with Dagger – and if you collect all four you get the pieces to build Shriek! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Designed by Barry Bradfield. (Assortment: Item #MAY182308, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Infinity War Black Widow PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! This 9-inch scale sculpture of Black Widow shows her leaping over obstacles with her battle staff in hand. Featuring detailed sculpting and collectible-quality paint applications, this PVC plastic diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #APR182160, SRP: $45.00

In Stores 10/24/18

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Halloween Town Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The adventure continues, as the stars of the Kingdom Hearts game series travel to Halloween Town! In the home of Jack Skellington, first seen in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sora, Goofy and Donald each don a fantastically nightmarish costume, and now each is a Vinimates vinyl figure! Sculpted in the block-figure style, each 4-inch vinyl figure has a ball-jointed neck for additional posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Halloween Sora (Item #MAY182298, SRP: $9.99

Halloween Goofy (Item #MAY182299, SRP: $9.99

Halloween Donald (Item #MAY182300, SRP: $9.99

Legends in 3D Marvel Comics Deadpool Half Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Deadpool has a big mouth, and now that mouth just got a lot bigger! This ½ scale bust of the Merc with a Mouth is the biggest we’ve ever done, measuring approximately 10 inches tall with exacting sculpted details and the highest level of paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, this hand-numbered resin bust comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #APR182170, SRP: $150.00)

Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Town Square Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hear ye, hear ye! The NBX Minimates line continues with this new, exclusive box set, featuring new versions of Jack Skellington, Sally, the Mayor, an exclusive Harlequin Demon figure, and an exclusive Town Square fountain diorama piece! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Set comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #MAY182296, SRP: $24.99)

NYCC 2018: DC Collectibles Reveals New Batman Cowl Line, Statues and Action Figures

The Dark Knight and his foes are taking over the DC Collectibles slate in 2019. Announced today at New York Comic Con, DC Collectibles will debut a dedicated Bat-cowl line and new Batman-themed statues next summer.

Expanding its best-selling DC Gallery line of prop replicas, DC Collectibles will celebrate the distinct designs of the Caped Crusader’s iconic cowl seen in comics, video games and more, with a collection of 1:2 scale Bat-cowl replicas. The first Bat-cowl is inspired by DC’s critically acclaimed DC Universe Rebirth comics and will hit stores in May 2019. The DC Rebirth cowl will be followed by the 3-D interpretation of Batman’s cowl featured in the fan-favorite Batman: Arkham Asylumvideo game produced by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Fans can bring home the Arkham Asylum cowl replica in July 2019.

Additional Batman items announced by DC Collectibles today include a new Dark Nights: Metal statue by Greg Capullo featuring the Merciless, a new Batman Black & White statue of The Joker based on artist Sean Murphy’s acclaimed Batman: White Knight comic book and a new Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statue based on Frank Cho’s variant cover of Harley Quinn #50.

In non-Batman-related news, DC Collectibles also revealed new character additions to the company’s popular DC Essentials action figure line. Wonder Woman, the Cheetah, Supergirl and Cyborg Superman will hit stores in June 2019.

See below for the complete list of new DC Collectibles items revealed today at NYCC:

DC Gallery: Batman Cowl Line

 

  • DC Gallery: Rebirth Batman Cowl
    • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
    • Size: 1:2 scale
    • On sale May 2019
    • MSRP: $90.00
    • Available for pre-order today, October 4

 

 

  • DC Gallery: Arkham Asylum Batman Cowl
    • Sculpted by Dave Cortes and Amos Hemsley
    • Size: 1:2 scale
    • On sale July 2019
    • MSRP: $90.00
    • Available for pre-order today, October 4

 

 

Batman Black & White: WHITE KNIGHT The Joker by Sean Murphy Statue

  • Designed by Sean Murphy
  • Sculpted by Karen Palinko
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

DARK NIGHTS: METAL Batman: the Merciless Statue

  • Designed by Greg Capullo
  • Sculpted by Neobauhaus
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP $85.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black: Harley Quinn by Frank Cho Statue

  • Designed by Frank Cho
  • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

DC Essentials Action Figures

  • New characters: Wonder Woman, the Cheetah, Supergirl, Cyborg Superman
  • Designed by Jason Fabok
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $26.00 each
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

Preview: Harley Quinn #51

Harley Quinn #51

(W) Sam Humphries (A) Sami Basri (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Harley broke most of DCU continuity last issue, and in this ish, she’s dealing with the fallout, namely the time-tossed hero of World War II called Captain Triumph! The golden boy of the Golden Age finds his black-and-white approach failing miserably in the gray areas of the modern world (although unfortunately, there are still plenty of fascists for him to punch). It’s up to Harley to return Captain Triumph to his own time, but she’ll have to put the kibosh on his do-gooding first-right after she figures out what “kibosh” means!

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